Information and discussion on all aspects of British photographic history
Registration for the Charles Piazzi Smyth Bicentenary Symposium at the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and associated events, is open until 30 August. Smyth (1819-1900), the second Astronomer Royal for Scotland who established Edinburgh's One O'Clock Gun, was a pioneer in meteorology, metrology, photography, mountaintop observation and Egyptology. The symposium will explore his life, work and contested legacy.
There will be two full days of talks by historians of science, Egyptology and photography, astronomers and curators on 3-4 September, including a plenary lecture by Professor Simon Schaffer. On Monday 2 September there is a tour, visits and a screening of the 2016 film “A Residence Above the Clouds”, and on the Tuesday evening a public lecture by Denis Pellerin (London Stereoscopic Company), where the audience will have stereo viewing glasses to enjoy the projected images.
See https://www.piazzismyth.org/piazzi-smyth-symposium/ for an overview and a link to registration for individual events or the full programme. See https://www.piazzismyth.org/symposium-details/ for details of the academic programme and abstracts.
The free History of Astronomy walking tour and visit to the archives of the Royal Observatory Edinburgh can be booked here: https://www.piazzismyth.org/symposium-extras/.
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